badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Itís been quite a while since Iíve rated (hell, even tasted) this beauty so itís time for a revisiting. Pours a death black color with a tall, frothy head. The aroma hits you with a large blast of malt, alcohol, and coffee. Very dry and slightly bitter up front. About a medium dosage of roasts. There is an almost berry-ish taste to it, but itís very faint. Still a damn fine brew..
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<P>Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Aroma: some hoppiness, some soap. Flavor is bitter hops. A little sweet, but not too sweet. Chocolate domintes the malt. some burnt.
<P>Typical appearance for any rich stout or imperial stout. Deep black with dark tan head. Head wasnít very large, but not overly small either. Aroma is has the burnt chocolately aroma typical of the style, but itís in competition with the sharp citric peel of the hops. Seemed very balanced between the two. Some sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is lighter than I expected. Thereís a thin burnt bitterness and citrus peel flavor (although sharper like lemon or grapefruit than fuller orange peel flavor). This is all backed up by by the rich malt, but less so than Expedition or World Wide. It was also less sweet than those others. Not quite as overwhelming as the others and a bit more drinkable.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, bonus points for inspiring my mom to say "wow, you sure are picking out some evil looking beers!" Deep black, but if you stick your eye in the glass, youíll see a dark brown/red tint to the edges. Little head, the lacing is odd, almost invisible - like a barely visible jellyfish. Strong alcohol (brandy/liquer) aroma that is also present above all flavors. Really strong coffee (like espresso) flavors, a tiny bit of anise, dry roasty finish - thereís got to be a big hop addition to this. Iím gonna need a Michelob Ultra to wash out the insanely strong flavors of this one!!! (ha ha, as if iíd subject myself to THAT monstrosity again)
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am one of the Ohioians that is thrilled to be able to buy this locally finally. Silly laws. Iíve had this before years ago and the one I just drank was just as good as I remembered it. Deep, dark color with a creamy, brown head and aroma of sweet roasted grains. Sweet caramel, brown sugar with a buttery smoothness that finishes with a nice coffee bitterness. The alcohol warms you with out even noticing it. Very good sipping beer on a cold night.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is an amazingly complex concoction. it should come with instructions and a site map for finding your way around the dizzying subtleties. the aroma is a travelogue of olfactory adventures: hereís a belgian chocolate factory where cocoa beans are roasting and sugars sizzling; and then in a dreamlike morph, suddenly there are bare-foot sicilian women crushing grapes and purple plums-- simultaneously are the yeasty parchment smells of a basement vintage book store in st. petersburg, and finally the dark peat of the emerald isle. (and i never even sent yíall a postcard, so sorry).
the beverage has a cyrano kind of quality in that the appearance doesnít have the creosoted phone-pole kind of impermeable blackness we associate with huge stouts, but rather the deep umber of rembrandt, with sienna coals hissing deep within, supporting a wispy mocha colored head. but then like cyrano, this huge nose soars out like the space shuttle. magnificent flavor, of course, moderately sweet, alcohol rippling like the sinuous muscles of a panther, and finally the bitterness carves your tongue like a maori tattoo. itís been said that this was winston churchillís favorite drink. of course, it was only ME that said that, and i was clearly lying, but it sounds about right, aye?
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh my goodness! Wonderful heavy aromas of coffee and fruits. Excellent presentation when poured into a wine goblet---great rocky head. Drink this one slow and enjoy. Will really warm you up!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very high carbonation dark coffee flavor with a definate alcohol taste.With a strong after taste that lastís awhile a definate beer to try again a little pricy at $5/bottle
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice big aroma with chocolate, figs, alcohol and coffee. A flavour that makes you drool when youíre done: full cherries, roasted malts and coffee. Raisins and other fruits finish off a great imperial stout.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my good lord, this is an incredible beer! This is an absolute ímust-tryí beer! Thick and tasty. High on the alcohol but not in an overpowering way.
Dogbrick (7095) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I could almost kiss Governor Bob Taft on the lips for allowing us high-ABV beers in Ohio (even though it was dumb we didnít have them in the first place). This immediately became one of my favorite beers, being the Stout lover I am. Wonderful warming chocolate flavor with an alcohol presence that is not overpowering. Absolutely perfect pour with lacing that lasted to the bottom of the glass. I will be keeping this one in stock at all times.